In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

The case of cranberry juice vs. urinary tract infections

By Environmental Nutrition editors

JewishWorldReview.com | What's the first thing that comes to mind if you develop a urinary tract infection (UTI)? For many, it's to pick up a bottle of cranberry juice--the legendary natural remedy for a bladder infection.

Caused by bacteria (most commonly E. coli), UTIs are common and treatable with antibiotics, but have a high recurrence rate.

The cranberry plant was used as a folk remedy for bladder and kidney diseases by the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. Despite its long history, however, what does the research show? While some studies have shown promising results, the research has been conflicting.

There are many bioactive nutrients in cranberries, including proanthocyanidins, antioxidant compounds that appear to prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall, thus making an infection less likely. In a 2002 study published in the Canadian Journal of Urology, conclusions were positive for use of cranberry as preventive treatment.

Over 12 months, 150 women were given either pure cranberry juice (8 ounces three times daily), cranberry tablets or placebo. Results showed both forms of cranberry significantly reduced recurrence of infection.


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A review in the 2008 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which looked at 10 studies involving 1,049 subjects, found some evidence that cranberry juice may decrease the number of recurrent UTIs in young women, but other populations were less certain.

And in a July 2012 Archives of Internal Medicine study, meta-analysis findings indicated a protective effect against UTIs. Ten studies were chosen with a total of 1,494 subjects, showing that women, children and women with recurrent UTIs benefited most.

However, in a 2011 study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, 319 female college students participated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study and consumed 8 ounces of cranberry juice twice per day, but there was no decrease in the incidence of UTIs over six months. Similarly, in a study published February 2012 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, cranberry juice did not significantly reduce the incidence of UTIs in women receiving juice vs. a placebo.

There's no evidence to support that cranberry juice is effective for treating active UTIs, however some--but not all--studies have found that it may possibly be protective against recurrence. Researchers strongly suggest that more research needs to occur that addresses formulation of products, dosage, length of study and type of subjects before we can be certain of cranberry's potential benefits in preventing UTIs.

If you suffer from recurrent UTIs, you might consider trying cranberry juice (at least 25 percent juice, 8 to 10 ounces/day.) Keep in mind that cranberry juice can interact with blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), and may increase your risk of kidney stones if you are susceptible.

Considering that juice provides 137 calories per 8 ounces, you may want to swap it for low-calorie cranberry juice, with only 45 calories, or cranberry powder (250 to 1000 milligrams) derived from whole cranberries. Like all supplements, make sure to buy them from a reputable source. Look for the USP (US Pharmacopeia) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) labels.

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(Reprinted with permission from Environmental Nutrition, a monthly publication of Belvoir Media Group, LLC. 800-829-5384. www.EnvironmentalNutrition.com.)